Child Neglect, Unlawful Drug Possession

A Cross Hill couple was arrested by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office and charged with Child Neglect involving drugs.

29-year-old Thomas Michael Howell and 30-year-old Jennifer Nicole Ward of 911 Puckett Ferry Road, Cross Hill are charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Neglect of Children. Warrants allege that between May 13th and August 13th Mr. Howell and Ms. Ward placed a minor child at unreasonable risk of harm by having the child in an unsafe environment and living conditions. The warrants add that drugs were located inside the property and within reach of the child. Both defendants are said to be the child’s parent or guardian and had custody of the child.

Howell and Ward are accused of having ten Alprazolam pills yesterday.

Deputy McMahan issued a ticket also charging Thomas Howard with Simple Possession of Marijuana at 8:22 yesterday morning at 911 Puckett Ferry Road.


Both remained in custody this morning with bonds totaling $12,615 for Thomas Michael Howell and $12,000 for Jennifer Nicole Ward.